Longs Peak Climber's Log

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Joe_Parvis - Feb 6, 2009 1:28 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2009

Lucky Weather Window  Sucess!

Light winds, sunshine, and temps in the 20's. What a weather window! Ascended Trough from Black Lake area. Snow coverage was thin. Didn't see anyone all day but the previous day (nicer weather, if anything) saw 3 summits via Trough and some ski descents. Camped the night before below Black Lake. Saw ptarmigan, bighorn sheep, and snowshoe hare. Winter is beautiful, especially when it acts like Spring. Thank you, weather window; thank you, Longs.


SarahThompson - Jan 26, 2009 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2003

8 times, 7 different routes  Sucess!

8/24/03 - Up and down the standard Keyhole route. One of the first mountains I ever climbed. I was a couch potato at the time and making the summit was a HUGE accomplishment.

8/27/05 - Up the Loft to Meeker, over to Longs, down the Keyhole route.

7/21/07 - Up the technical Keyhole Ridge, down the North Face (old cables route). One of my first alpine climbs.

3/15/08 - Winter ascent of the North Face. Cold, windy day. Lots of suffering.

6/20/09 - Notch Couloir with 5.3 rock finish to summit. Down the North Face. Wow!

1/9/13 - Solo winter ascent of Keyhole Route in fairly dry conditions.

8/17/13 - Climbed Kor's Door with Hornsby Direct finish to Broadway. Led P1 and P3 of 5. Perhaps the best alpine climbing I have done in Colorado thus far. Then scrambled up Kieners to the summit and descended the North Face. Another incredible day on Longs.

9/12/15 - As part of the Glacier Gorge Traverse: Arrowhead -> McHenrys -> Chiefs Head -> Pagoda -> Longs -> Storm. Simulclimbed the Southwest Ridge.


seeksit - Jan 9, 2009 6:43 am Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1971

Late season climb  Sucess!

My first taste of a high mountain ascent without any training or preparation. I didn't even bring any water. It was a spur of the moment decision to climb Long's with a guy fresh from Iowa. He got altitude sickness at 12,000 feet. I got to the top at 4PM and rushed back down to the ranger station on the east side where my friend was waiting. Less than a week later we had 19" of snow down in Ft. Collins.


Narendra - Dec 25, 2008 11:13 am

Longs  Sucess!

Nice hike, avoid the weekends.


ZachStone - Dec 14, 2008 12:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2005

Good walk  Sucess!

but far to many people on the Keyhole route


gbrady - Dec 6, 2008 9:21 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1980

First 14er  Sucess!

Climbing Longs was one of the best events of my young life. I had just completed a backpacking class in college and wanted to use my new skills. We camped at Jim's Grove and then woke up at 3 AM the next morning. Loved every minute of the climb. The sunrise, the Boulder Field, the Trough, The Narrows, Homestretch all places I will never forget. The summit was unbelievable. The view was incredible. Although it was 28 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.


skyward22 - Dec 1, 2008 1:15 pm Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2008

Halloween climbin

Went to attempt Long's Peak again on November 1st, this time via the Flying Dutchman with Kai Larson. We camped the night before near Chasm Lake and headed out at 4 a.m. for the approach around Chasm Lake. Lost an ice screw on the way (found & return to me by George--thanks!!!). Had no trouble with the WI-3 crux but made too slow of progress up the coluior and just abseiled down an ice waterfall on the other side of the Loft before Lamb's slide, then continue down lower Lamb's slide and back to our gear. Overall an enjoyable day.


skyward22 - Dec 1, 2008 1:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008


Went to solo the Keyhole route. Left my place in Boulder at about 3 AM and made my way to the Boulder field fairly quickly. The temperatures were okay for late October but the wind was horrendous as I was getting occasionally knocked off my feet to my ass while trying to fight the gusts. Maybe 70 mph gusts as low as the Boulder field? Went up to the keyhole and waited in the hut for an hour to see if the wind would die down any. Made the decision to continue and made my way across the boulder field to the trough. However, with technical conditions and no bull's eyes visible, I got a little off route and ended up having to down climb some 4th class snow/ice mixed. Got to the trough and up to the Narrows. Decided (painfully) to turn around here because of the wind, which was even worse. Didn't feel my getting blown off the ledges. Got a little off route again on the way back and didn't make it back through the keyhole by dark and had to settle in and bivy for the night at 13,000 ft. Very cold, very windy. My emergency bivy bag ripped in the wind so I ended up sleeping on my pack off of the snow. Luckily had my double plastic boots on and my down jacket, as well as my softshell. Stayed warm enough but was pretty much shivering the entire night and didn't sleep much. A miserable experience but a good learning one as well. Learned much more than I would have in making the summit on a summer day.


snowflake - Nov 28, 2008 12:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 1979

cables  Sucess!

Did the cables on a whim back in my hippie days while working a summer job in Colorado. Tennis shoes, boy scout canteen and all; boy was I stupid but lucky.


timfoltz - Nov 13, 2008 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

# 4  Sucess!

Fourth time up, brought two people up their first 14er as well, great day, always a great climb.


Dropmo40 - Oct 31, 2008 1:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2008

good things are worth waiting...paying for  Sucess!

lightning thunder its all good, rainbows, rocks, a permit fee, its all good


CBakwin - Sep 30, 2008 1:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008

Yo!  Sucess!

Just a beautiful day! Climbed this up in 4 1/2 hours, down in three. Most enjoyable mountain.


woodsxc - Sep 25, 2008 3:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008

Long day  Sucess!

My first Fourteener and my longest day on the trail. We were hiking for over fourteen hours and I've done 20 mile hikes in less than half that time. We took the Keyhole route and really had a good time of it. I hadn't realized how exposed the Homestretch is and it pushed the limits of fun, but it was a good challenge. Seeing the sun come up right between the Twin Sisters and turn the East Face rosy red for five minutes was worth the 3:45 wake up. With this under my belt, I'd like to move on to some more challenging peaks. Good luck to all of you in future summits.


ThomasOldeHeuvelt - Sep 13, 2008 3:07 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 1997

A special memory  Sucess!

Longs Peak is a special mountain to me. My father had climbed it in 1980. He died 3 years after I was born. Coming from the Netherlands, my sister and I climbed it when I was 14 on a beautiful summer's day. My mom was really proud. For years and years Longs has remained my altitude record, until this summer I climbed the magnificent Dent Blanche in the Swiss Alps, which is 12 meters higher. That was a feeling no one can describe.


McCannster - Aug 30, 2008 3:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Keyhole  Sucess!

Began at the ranger station at 2am, hiked up to the Keyhole, waited in the freezing hut for some light, then made my way up to the summit, arrived there 7:15. Took an hour long nap on the summit, descended and got back to the TH at 12:20, almost a 10.5 hour day. Boy am I tired!

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - Aug 27, 2008 9:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2008

A Fine Day  Sucess!

Scooted up the keyhole with Brian T. in 4.25 hrs. Planning on a new personal speed record but a windy morning slowed that down. Turned out to be a great day despite the breezy morning. Congrats BT on first Longs summit!


volda2000 - Aug 10, 2008 11:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2008

Great Peak  Sucess!

Loft route ascent followed by standard keyhole descent. Descent weather, great group (Dan, Frank & Scott). A great mountain.


Gareth - Aug 4, 2008 1:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Longs II  Sucess!

This was my second time on the summit. I went up the Loft Route, and down the North Face. I actually found Clark's Arrow.


thebeave7 - Aug 3, 2008 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Speed Climbing the Keyhole  Sucess!

Went for a speed attempt on Longs to see how hard I could push myself. 3:45 RT on another busy Saturday. Conditions are good up there, dry and snow free.


mountainzen107 - Jul 26, 2008 8:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008

Fast and Light  Sucess!

This was my 7th 14er, done in 7 hrs and 15 minutes. By far the most beautiful/technical/exposed mountain thus far. I was prepared physically and mentally, but completely shocked at its difficulty. Being the "cattle route" i presumed that it would be a rather long version of grays or bierstadt. NOPE! i cannot believe how more people don't die up there. I saw 10 year olds, 60 year olds, and everything inbetween. I would have to say 90 percent looked inexperienced. anyway it was gorgeous and i loved the exposure on the narrows. -and also people's expressions on the narrows as they cling on the wall with their life as i skip by like a mountain goat.

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